Kate Winslet was among the guests who escaped unhurt from a fire that blazed through Richard Branson’s Caribbean holiday retreat overnight.
Branson said Monday the fire was caused by a lightning strike on The Great House on Necker Island, which destroyed the building.
The billionaire, his wife Joan and son Sam were staying in a nearby property, but among those who fled the affected building were 35-year-old Winslet, her boyfriend and family, Branson’s mother Eve and his daughter Holly.
“Around 20 people were in the house and they all managed to get out and they are all fine,” Branson said in comments released to the British media. “We had a really bad tropical storm with winds up to 90 miles per hour. A big lightning storm came around 4 a.m. and hit the house.
“My son Sam rushed to the house and helped get everyone out. Kate Winslet, her boyfriend and her family were there and Holly and some of her friends were also staying. My mother was there and they managed to get her out and she is fine.”
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